Tens of thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets of Sa’ada to protest against foreign interference in Yemen’s internal affairs, Press TV reports. In massive demonstrations in the northern city after Friday prayers, protesters chanted slogans against the United States and its allies, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, and called for the expulsion of US Ambassador Gerald M. Feierstein.
The demonstrators also expressed their outrage over the killings of many civilians by Washington’s drones in Yemen.The US military has used assassination drones in Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, and Iraq. Washington claims that the drones target terrorists in the operations, but civilians have often been killed in the strikes.
Meanwhile, at least 7 people were killed and several others injured in two separate attacks in the country.A bomb detonated near an internet café in a southern neighborhood of the capital Sana’a, killing one and injuring another. In the second incident, a motorcyclist threw a grenade at a busy market in the southern city of Taizz, killing at least 6 people and wounding 10 others. In an interview with Press TV on July 15, Moufid Jaber, an expert with the Center for Middle East Studies and Public Relations in Beirut, said that the Israeli regime has a role “in sowing instability in Yemen… through many channels that lead to al-Qaeda” and also by “political means through the US.” Hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for regular demonstrations in Yemen's major cities since January 2011, calling for an end to corruption and unemployment and demanding that relatives of former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh be sacked from their government posts. MHB/AZ